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Silent Partners: Women as Public Investors during Britain's Financial Revolution, 1690-1750

Amy M. Froide


Silent Partners restores women to their part in the story of England’s Financial Revolution. Women were active participants in London’s first stock market beginning in the 1690s and on through the eighteenth century. Whether playing the State lottery, investing in government funds for retirement, or speculating in company stocks, women regularly comprised between a fifth and a third of public investors. These female investors ranged from London servants to middling tradeswomen, on up to provincial gentlewomen and peeresses of the realm. There was, however, no single female investor type, rathe ... More

Keywords: investor [investing], lottery, stocks, women, Financial Revolution, accounts, creditor, capitalism, public funds

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198767985
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767985.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amy M. Froide, author
Associate Professor of History, University of Maryland, Baltimore County